Henry Cavill talks Man Of Steel and James Bond

Exclusive: “I’m very proud to be British and playing an iconic American superhero”

Total Film has spoken exclusively to Henry Cavill about his role as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel.

The in-demand Brit was keen to talk up the super-diet he’s consuming in his efforts to get the body of Krypton’s favourite son:

“I’m on 5000 calories a day… You’ve got to eat protein first, then a little bit of carbs…you’ve gotta keep your hunger levels going. I’m training two and a half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman.”

Well, you’ve gotta be pretty buff before you can don an iconic superhero suit, right? On wearing his new threads, Cavill told us: “It’s extremely cool. There’s no other feeling like it.

“They just put it on, I turned around and look in the mirror and you can’t really play it cool – you sort of guffaw and laugh. I thought ‘OK, holy hell, this is real, it’s not a joke anymore. This is it…you’re doing it, you’re right in the middle of it.’”

While he couldn’t divulge any plot details (“not if I want to keep my job anyway!”), he confirmed that he’s focusing on “being as true as I can be to the original character and who the character is.”

Cavill also admitted that he’s chuffed to be another UK actor portraying an American superhero: “I’m very proud to be British and playing an iconic American superhero…it means I’m doing something right somewhere.”

He came close to landing the role of James Bond before Daniel Craig was cast; would he like another chance to slip into 007’s tux?

“That would be absolutely amazing. If they approached me on that I’d leap at the opportunity to do it. But that’s of course well away for the time being…”

Man Of Steel is set to open in Summer 2013.

For more from Henry Cavill, get the new issue of Total Film Magazine, which hits newsstands on Thursday 4 August 2011.

The issue includes four FREE posters for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. (Scroll down to preview the posters).

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Were you pleased that Henry Cavill was cast as Superman? Would you be keen to see his take on Bond? Let us know!


    • BruceShark

      Aug 3rd 2011, 12:56

      Superman, yeah he's alright, don't really care about that one. As for Bond, he needs a few more years under his belt before he slips on that tuxedo. Fassbender first.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 4th 2011, 13:19

      Fassbender could work as Bond but I know him too well from other stuff. I liked the idea of an unknown (Cavill before Superman) but think Craig is the best bond yet, he just hasn't had the best movies... hopefully all that will change on his next one

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    • alexr

      Aug 5th 2011, 12:27

      It would be great if every new Bond actor got to film his own special 'trilogy' story. Connery had most of the SPECTRE stories (I believe). Daniel Craig has the QUANTUM organisation as his 'nemesis'. Perhaps if Fassbender took over, he could have his own Evil League of Evil to defeat. Then Cavill can have a turn. I think it would wither make it more interesting for each new generation of actors to have their own Bond's, or it will kill the character and the franchise...

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